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The Sunday Best (5/9/2021)


The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated from the furthest reaches of the internet for your reading pleasure.

Every week, I scan hundreds of headlines, read dozens of posts, and bring you the best of the best to save you time and mental energy.

Financial Independence (FI) is a primary focus, but it’s an awfully broad topic. I tend to approach FI and early retirement from a fatFIRE perspective and through the lens of a physician, so expect to see those biases in the selected articles.

Related topics that have become recurrent themes include early retirement, selective frugality, tax issues, travel, physician issues, and of course, investing.

For more great articles, take a peek at The Sunday Best Archives. Now let’s get to the best… The Sunday Best!





Everything I needed to know about compound interest, I learned from an old TV show about a clever crook. JL Collins takes a fascinating look at The Alfred Hitchcock Path to FI.


Passive Income MD thought he knew a thing or two about FIRE, but his understanding of it has evolved. 5 Things I Got Wrong About the FIRE Movement.


Not long ago, I had a good chat with PIMD about my experiences playing with FIRE, and you can now listen in on our convo on the Passive Income MD Podcast. Podcast #53: One Anesthesiologist’s Journey to FIRE: Interview With Physician on Fire.


You may have heard that Jim Dahle, a.k.a. The White Coat Investor, is off the grid for a few weeks floating through the Grand Canyon. Yet, somehow he has a podcast coming out weekly. I helped out by guest hosting the show this week. I’m no WCI, but I think I did OK. You be the judge: Credit Card Travel Hacking with Physician on Fire – Podcast #209


Before he left on his Grand Adventure, Dr. Dahle poked some fun at people like me while fairly accurately describing The FIRE Movement: How to Reach Financial Independence and Retire Early.


If you were to retire early, what would you do with all that extra time? My thoughts on how to thrive after FIRE with a breakdown of what I do with my newfound free time. What Would You Do With 9 Extra Hours Every Day?


Not sure what you’d do? That’s OK, says The Darwinian Doctor. Love your job? Why you should plan for FIRE anyway.


Once you’ve achieved FI, how should you invest? I respect his insights, but this is one area in which we disagree. Bernstein Says to Stop Playing When You Win The Game.


You may not care what either one of us think about risk tolerance for the well-heeled, and that would be appropriate. Ben Carlson with A Wealth of Common Sense lists 10 Things You Shouldn’t Care About as an Investor.


Downtown Josh Brown, the Reformed Broker, didn’t pay much attention to Warren Buffett or Charlie Munger when they broadcasted the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting this year. He’s diverted his attention to entrepreneurs like Jay-Z and Nas, and he’s Sorry Not Sorry.


“The times, they are a-changing” -Bob Dylan
“The taxes, they are a-changing” – Joe Biden
Wealthy Doc visits the Debt Free Doctor to discuss the implications of Potential Changes To Real Estate Tax Loopholes Doctors Should Know.


My taxes may be going up, but my grocery bill could be going down if the rumors of Aldi coming to town are substantiated. Financial Pilgrimage does a deep dive into the quality discount grocer’s economic model that works so well. Why is Aldi Cheaper than Other Large Grocery Stores?


When you have a lot of work at work and a lot of work at home. From Jonathan Ford Hughes with MD Linx, Physician Work-Life Balance and Gender Disparities.


Happy Mother’s Day!


On this Mother’s Day, the mother of my children will be waking up for the first time in our new house! Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms across the globe, and thank you for all that you do. Without you, the world would be a desolate, humanless place. With you, it’s a fantastic place to be alive!



One Down, One to Go


We showed our home more than a dozen times in the course of a few days this week. We have several offers and I’m happy with the way we set up our For Sale by Owner home sale.

We did learn a few things, and I’ll elaborate in a future post after both properties we’ll be parting with are no longer ours. Here’s a tip, though. Put your home up on Facebook Marketplace. The local groups generated more buzz and leads than Zillow and Craigslist combined.



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There are so many moving parts to the tax code. A Roth conversion might help you fill a bracket, but it could also lower your child tax credit, American Opportunity tax credit, or alter your Sec. 199A QBI deduction. That’s just one of dozens of scenarios I can come up with, and this tax planning bundle, which is essentially a series of interconnected Excel (or Google Sheets) worksheets, does it all.

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Have an outstanding week!

-Physician on FIRE


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6 thoughts on “The Sunday Best (5/9/2021)”

  1. I listened to the podcast between passive income MD and you, then I looked through some of his other podcasts. One of them from May, 2020, was with a physician who buys rental properties in the Seattle area.
    My concern with being a landlord is that it has now become morally and legally acceptable for tenants to stop paying rent, and the landlord doesn’t have the legal option to evict them. I put this comment up on the passive income M D website Sunday, but he hasn’t responded yet. Actually, all of his comments require “moderation” before they are posted, so the comment is not even up on his website.
    Maybe someone would like to address this issue

    • I’ll pass that feedback along.

      Like PIMD, I focus more on the passive side of real estate investing. I’ve been a landlord before, and now I prefer syndications and funds — let others do the legwork.


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  3. Great Sunday Best as always PoF! It’s become a Sunday evening ritual to come read the Sunday Best for me.

    Thanks, as always!

    P.S. Enjoy the new home!

  4. Thanks for the feature! I solemnly swear I didn’t intend to rip off the title and concept of one of your previous posts. I suppose much of what is written in the world of personal finance is an iteration of something else?

  5. Ben Carlson keeps pumping out quality stuff. Must read–several times a week. Great list as usual, and enjoy the mother’s day festivities!

    • Yeah I agree. It’s kind of mind boggling how spot on he’s been week after week with great content!


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